Winter can be a challenging time to entertain kids, especially in NYC. The days are at their shortest, with the sun coming up around 8 AM and basically down by 4 PM, but the hours go by in slow motion. We all go stir-crazy with too much time at home. Our apartment walls feel like they can start to close in on us. The mess of toys looks like a war zone. My girls repeatedly fight over the same Barbie. If I hear, “MOMMY IT’S NOT FAIR! I had it FIRST!” one more time, I’m honestly going to lose it.
Everyone who follows me on Instagram thinks my life is perfect. But I have ups and downs like everyone else, I just rarely revealed the “downs” on social media. Recently, I suffered from an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the embryo implants in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. Thankfully, the doctor discovered it before any harm was caused.
As a mom to two toddlers, the challenges are constantly changing. The one thing that is consistent is my perpetual search for sanity...particularly between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM. I know I am in good company with this struggle. I, and most of my fellow mamas-to-toddlers, find ourselves alone with our cranky creatures, counting the minutes until bedtime.
Whenever my non-NYC friends come for a visit, they always ask me where my favorite places are to shop. The sad reality is, I almost never make it to a store. I'm so busy with the kids and work, that when I have downtime, the last place I want to be is a dressing room! I do 90% of my shopping and shopping for the girls online. As easy as it may sound to click, click, click, and receive the perfect wardrobe, we all know that shopping online can be a lot more complicated.
It honestly never occurred to me to make custom flowergirl dresses for my toddlers for my brother's wedding. It's certainly not the way I was raised. I was brought up to buy things off the rack, preferably for 75% off. "You can't design your own! It will never turn out! Oy! Why would you overspend? You'll only wear it once! Look at all these heavily discounted options! One of these will surely do!" This is basically the gospel in my family.
I only have one sibling, an older brother, Adam. We don’t have too much in common on the surface. He’s the serious, business type, and I’m the emotional artist. We’re both incredibly intense and passionate, but we express ourselves in opposite ways. Growing up, we weren’t really buds, because our interests never overlapped.